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On the Cover: A Yorkville
Condo receives the
Lori Morris touch. See page 70
Clockwise from top:
Sarah Richardson (pace 48),
a Toronto kitchen bv Dee Dee
Taylor Hannah (pace 62) and
cuest room by lori morris
48 Sarah Richardson
HEADING FOR COTTAGE COUNTRY
52 Powerhouse Designers
THE COUNTRY'S BEST, FROM BOB'S
YOUR UNCLE TO POWELL & BONNELL
54 Balancing Act
A BURNABY RENO DESIGNED BY
BYU'S ADA BONINI BLENDS
FORMALITY WITH FAMILY FUN
62 Practical Elegance
A TORONTO COURTYARD HOUSE
BY DEE DEE TAYLOR HANNAH
EMBODIES THE BEST OF OLD AND
70 Let the sun shine in
SOOTHING COLOURS, WARM TEXTURES
AND DESIGNER LORI MORRIS'S LIGHT
TOUCH TRANSFORM A TORONTO
78 Peace Above It All
A VANCOUVER PENTHOUSE BY
DESIGNER MITCHELL FREEDLAND
EVOKES HARMONY AND CALM
AMID SOARING VIEWS OF ENGLISH BAY
85 Sophistication By The Shore
A RUSTIC GETAWAY IN THE
MUSKOKAS GETS AN UPSCALE
MAKEOVER BY BIG CITY DESIGNERS
POWELL & BONNELL
94 Unifying Forces
METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL BY
DESIGNER ROBERT LEDINGHAM
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winter-weary Canadians is that little by little, as March slides
into April, there will be more and more light in our lives.
We wait a long time for the sun's return. And that's what the March/
April issue of Canadian Architecture & Design is really about: Light.
Whether it's leaf-dappled sunshine pouring into a Muskoka getaway,
dawn flooding a condo bedroom high over English Bay, the gleam of
a polished kitchen counter, the glow of hope on the horizon in an art-
ist's landscape, or the shimmer of bronze and gold in a stunning glass
sculpture, light is what fills these pages.
What's more, this issue is a tribute to a handful of respected design-
ers from across the country. While their respective styles are as idio-
syncratic and individual as they are, there is one thing they all share.
And that is a commitment to brightening the places we live in, not
just by bringing the outdoors in, but by using their magic to create
the illusion of space and light, even when there is precious little out
These pages also include a celebration of the two most functional
rooms in the house: kitchen and bath. And, we have introduced two
new features, one highlighting an artist we think you should know
about, and the other, a book that will feed your inner architect and
delight the designer in you.
I hope you find something here that will bring light into your life. ♦
Pool & Patio Showcase
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Jackson-Triggs takes top
honors at international wine festival — again
winemakers Amy Bond
and Marco Piccoli are taking time out
to toast their phenomenal success at
last year's International Wine and
Named best Canadian winery at
the London, Eng., event, Jackson-
Triggs takes home the honor for the
sixth time, bringing its "best winery"
accolades to 19 in the past nine
"This is one of the greatest honors
in my winemaking career," says
Piccoli. "What a terrific way for Amy
and I to toast the completion of this
Jackson-Trigg's icewines dominated
the winery's medal winnings at the
IWSC with its Proprietor's Reserve
Vidal Icewine 2006 and Proprietor's
Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine
2006 both awarded Gold and Best of
For the winemaking process,
Piccoli and Bond use a three-tiered
gravity-flow system to maximize
quality and minimize ipulation of
the wine. Some of the most advanced
equipment from around the world
provides an extraordinary level of
flexibility and control, including
open-top fermenters, ultra-modern
roto-fermenters, drainers, moveable
bladder presses, and stainless-steel
storage filitration tanks.
And while most of the gold, silver
and bronze-medal winning wines
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that helped the winery triumph on
the international stage are already
chilling in private cellars around
the world, a few select wines are still
available at the Niagara winery or
through the winery's wine club.
Among them are: Proprietors'
Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine 2006,
Proprietors' Grand Reserve Meritage
2005 and Proprietors' Grand Reserve
Jackson-Triggs welcomes visitors
to its winery, where wine lovers can
taste the much lauded wines. At
this striking architecturally designed
facility, visitors are invited to explore
every aspect of in small, expertly
guided tours. This experience
concludes with a tasting in the
boutique or at the Grand Reserve
In the Tasting Gallery overlooking
the vineyard, visitors can unwind
and enjoy sensational food and wine
experiences. The winery also plays
host to some of Niagara's most unique
events, from "Savour the Sights" (an
interactive progressive dinner) to
live performances featuring talented
performers under the stars in the
winery's open air amphitheatre. ♦
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The Artist: Sue Miller
Solace (Oil on canvas, 36" by 48". $3,000)
Sue Miller's brooding studies of turbulent seas and
stormy skies are inspired by the landscapes of New-
foundland, a part of the world she has fallen in love
with in recent years. The province's harsh beauty, its cha-
otic weather as well as its welcoming spirit have become
metaphors for Miller's personal view of a seething yet ulti-
mately benevolent universe.
In particular, the horizon, the place where land and sea
meet the sky, has emerged as the focal point of her work.
"I have always been inspired by landscape, not only
for its obvious beauty, but for the many metaphors found
in the joining of land, sky and water," she says.
The Newfoundland paintings evoke an elemental energy
that is unsettling, even disturbing, and yet is charged with
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hope and beauty. Always, beyond the storm, there is light
and the promise of peace.
"My creative process is inseparable from my life. It can be
quite chaotic at times ... but it is from that chaos that the
creative spirit is nurtured."
Sue Miller lives and works in Creemore, Ont. Her work is on
view at The Mad and Noisy Gallery, Creemore, Ont, The Up-
stairs Gallery, 87B Huronontario St., Collingwood, Ont, and
The Leyton Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland. Prices range
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Diving, fine dining and drinks on the veranda, luxury meets adventure in Cayman
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Dinner al fresco at Hemingways By The Sea . .
on Crand Cayman overlooking the spectacular Seven
Mile Beach where the sunsets rival the cuisine.
Only those who have walked
along her beaches can under-
stand the rhythm of the Cay-
man Islands. Nowhere else will you
find such sunsets. Imagine cocktails
on an oceanfront veranda before sit-
ting down to a meal where only the
view rivals the cuisine. Imagine days
spent scuba diving at some of the
world's best diving sites, where the
ocean floor and island walls form a
kaleidoscope of corals, sponges, shal-
low reefs and schooling fish.
Stingray City, widely regarded
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and interact with more than two-
dozen Atlantic Southern Sting-
rays in their natural habitat. Non-
divers can take in attractions that
include the Queen Elizabeth II Bo-
tanic Park and Boatswain's Beach,
the new home of the Cayman Tur-
tle Farm, but everyone will want to
take in the Cayman Islands' official
pastime: relaxing. And after dark,
there is plenty of live entertainment,
nightclub and theatre.
Mysterious, picturesque, luxurious,
the Cayman Islands were first sighted
by European explorers in 1503. Once
known as "the islands that time for-
got," the West Indian destination,
which consists of Grand Cayman,
Cayman Brae and Little Cayman, has
now become a world leader in tour-
ism and financial services, the islands'
two main industries. George Town
on Grand Cayman is the capital and
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English is the prevailing language.
The Cayman Islands offer some of
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visitors can choose from such luxuri-
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amenities of the fabulous Ritz-Carlton
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and private dock). These gorgeous
Deck Houses, crafted from natural
wood, native stone and shells, are de-
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Still largely undiscovered by bud-
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the place to experience unspoiled
luxury among lush natural surround-
ings and striking, pastel hued archi-
tecture. Though the islands are the
quintessential playground for the
rich and famous, they also qualify as
a little bit of paradise for the discern-
ing traveller yearning to get away
from it all. ♦
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Above: Ocean breezes waft over a table for four at Hemingway's on Grand Cayman.
Below: The Club condominiums on Little Cayman.
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The palm-fringed swimming pool at Grand Cayman Beach Suites
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trays. Prices range from $2,649 to $2,949 atwww.kitchenaid.com
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Miele's gorgeous washer/dryer combo is already the
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available in delicious, mouth-watering chocolate
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as beautifully as it looks. Special sensors automatically
determine the size of each load and adjust water levels.
The large door, angled drum and LED lighting make
loading and unloading a snap. Doing the laundry has
never looked this good.
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What a ball vacuuming will be with the new
Dyson DC25 Ball upright vacuum cleaner. In-
stead of wheels the DC25 features a large roller
ball that allows you to whirl around the living
room with the effortlessness of a walk in space.
No more pushing and pulling. The DC25 Ball is
also certified asthma and allergy friendly, which
means it has been scientifically proven to remove
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Kitchens contribute to its grand Euro-
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cal working environment for the serious
cook. Anchored by an imposing Scagli-
ola stone mantelpiece, the room also
features American black walnut floors,
honed Everglades granite counters and
cabinetry in a creamy glazed Latte finish.
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The piece de resistance in this
BeauxArts kitchen by SieMatic is
the vertical "stacked" pantry in
dark maple at left with its slender glass
cabinet doors and row of small drawers,
six of which are really one large drawer.
The rustic-looking stove features a con-
temporary stainless-steel hood. Mean-
while soft, grey base cabinets express
classical design in a whole new way.
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Wow! would be an understated
reaction to the Flux metallic
purple kitchen from Scavo-
lini. The unusual color is both playful
and sophisticated. And the contempo-
rary, even space-age, feel is further en-
hanced by the bright lacquered finish
on the counters, the brushed metal cup-
board and drawer handles and the stun-
ning breakfast bar with its solid metal
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with Sarah Richardson
TELEVISION'S FAVORITE DESIGNER
IS BUSY THESE DAYS WITH A NEW
BABY AND A NEW SHOW
Canada's design maven is at it again; this spring an-
other of Sarah Richardon's makeover projects hits
the small screen. Sarah's Cottage, a six-part HGTV
series that tackles the renovation of her favorite home
away from home, an island cottage that's a 20-kilometer
boat ride from the mainland.
Stay tuned as the host of such HGTV hits as design inc.,
Room Service and Sarah's House, and her team brave icy
waters, black flies, shipping issues and the laid-back work
ethic of cottage country to turn a little piece of paradise
into an even better piece of paradise.
Canadian Architecture & Design Magazine talked to Sarah
about a few of her favorite things, her design vision and
her plans for the future.
Why did you choose interior design as a career?
I didn't choose this profession. ..I thank fate every day that
this career chose me.
How would you describe your design vision?
Every home, every room, and every client deserve a fresh
concept. My job is to be inspired by the challenge and cre-
ate solutions which are innovative, original and personal.
What is your favorite decor item?
A Molly Lamb Bobak painting 1 bought at a Sotheby's
auction during a very tough business year to remind
myself of what's important. It's a wonderful bright beach
scene and it cheers me every time 1 look at it.
What is your favorite gadget?
My husband's iPod. It always plays just what I need to hear!
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What is your most exciting new purchase?
A pair of sublime vintage pink and gold Murano glass lamps.
If you could travel through time, what era would you most like to visit?
I'd love to see the design and manufacturing of the Art Deco and Art
Moderne period. Some wonderful influences still carry through in many of
How do you dress for success?
Jeans and a jacket for job site visits, shooting and sourcing days, and
dresses for evening. Heels, jewelery and a polished attitude for both. Diane
von Furstenburg, Tory Burch, Smythe and Nanette Lepore have a youthful,
yet professional and fun approach which suits me perfectly.
What are you reading right now?
Lots of Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle
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What is your ideal design project?
I'd love to have free reign on a hotel so I could create rooms
that feel welcoming and exciting instead of cookie-cutter.
a learning adventure. I've got a lot on my plate so the best
approach for me is to balance both speed and efficiency, and
trust my gut - so far it hasn't steered me wrong.
What is your dream vacation?
Playing on the beach and in the pool with my kids and hus-
band, afternoon naps, sunsets, fresh cuisine, and turndown
How do you stay fit and relaxed?
I chase 2 kids, rarely sit still, and enjoy fine wine. Summer
water sports and winter snow sports are a treat when time
permits these days.
How do you manage to keep so many balls in the air?
I'm a born multi-tasker and am honing my skills as a delega-
tor. I don't second-guess my decisions and treat every day as
What's the next project for your HGTV hit, Sarah's House?
I'm embarking on the renovation and expansion of an 1880's
brick farmhouse near Creemore for season 3 of Sarah's House.
When does your new show Sarah's Cottage air? What's it
It debuts Tuesday, March 31 at 9 p.m. on HGTV. It's a six-
part mini-series that follows the transformation of our small,
remote island cottage into a family retreat. We run the island
entirely off the grid on solar power. Of course, when you are
17 miles from the mainland on an island only accessible by
plane or boat, lots can and will go wrong. ♦
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Named for an Irish expression meaning "the
job's done," Vancouver's Bob's Your Uncle Design
prides itself on its many con do, apartment and
town house -decorating projects. In this issue,
however, founding partners, Ada Bonini and
Cheryl Broadhead, tackle their first-ever house
renovation, giving a Burnaby, B.C., home, the
distinctive aura of a boutique hotel
Unit 307, 375 West 5tli Ave., Vancouver.
Ada Bonini and Cheryl Broadhead
Bob's Your Uncle Design
Combine David Powell's commitment to the
modernist esthetic with Fenwick Bonnell's eye for
off-beat stylish solutions and you have a design
marriage made in heaven. In this issue, the pair
transforms a woodsy Muskoka cottage into an
urbane home-away-from-home for a family that
likes to play but likes to do it in style.
236 Davenport Rd., Toronto. 416-964-6210.
Fenwick Bonnell and David Powell
Powell & Bonnell
Restraint and elegance are the central princi-
pals evoked in Robert Ledingham's painstaking
and detailed approach to residential interiors.
Everything in the gorgeous home on Vancouver's
north shore featured in these pages, from the
indoor swimming pool to the state-of-the-art me-
dia room is the result of Ledingham's meticulous
attention to detail.
125 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver. 604-874-4900.
Ledingham Design Consultants
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Lori Morris loves beautiful things whether they
come together in a contemporary kitchen or a
colonial living room. But her special affinity for
the grace and luxury of French Country styling is
especially evident in the project detailed in this
issue. Under her direction a spacious Toronto
condominium acquires the look and feel of a
manor house in central Paris.
189 DuPontSL, Toronto. 416-972-1515.
Lori Morris Design
Staying small allows Vancouver designer
Mitchell Freedland to remain true to his unique
vision. That includes clean and classic interiors
that are both sustainable and timeless in their
appeal. The Vancouver condo in this issue, with
its breathtaking views and stunning relationship
with sea and sky is proof of his artistry.
6 East rd Ave., Vancouver. 604-733-3600.
Mitchell Freedland Design
An architect as well as an interior designer, Tay-
lor Hannah's reverence for classical buildings is
evident in all her work. But that love is combined
with a contemporary respect for the crisp beauty
of modern materials.
Every aspect of the Toronto home included in
these pages is a reflection of her firm commit-
ment to beauty that will endure for a lifetime.
515 Davenport Rd., Toronto. 416-920-7899.
Dee Dee Taylor Hannah
Taylor Hannah Architect
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A Burnaby reno designed by BYU's Ada Bonini
blends formality with family fun
Interior Design by
W. .. . ... Bob's Your Uncle
hen they drew up their
wish list for the reno of
this three-level home in
Burnaby's chic Capitol Hill area,
the owners wanted the impossible:
a boutique-hotel-style space that is also kid-friendly.
But Ada Bonini of Vancouver's BYU Design (byudesign.com) pulled
it off. Using glamorous but tough materials such as leather, white oak
and stone, they created an elegant, multipurpose environment that
is equally welcoming to toddlers, dogs, dinner guests - or a bunch of
guys watching hockey in the family room.
This is the first house project for the firm, which Bonini launched
together with partner Cheryl Broadhead in 2003, though the pair have
decorated several condominium residences. The name, BYU Design,
actually started out as "Bob's Your Uncle Design." Bonini's Scottish
husband came up with it and it stuck. "We wanted a name that was
fun," Bonini says. "Because fun is important to us. It's about a work-life
Balance is also a major priority of the Burnaby clients. As high-
powered professionals with two preschoolers, this is a couple who
needed a place to kick back and relax. Hence the family room with the
built-in flat screen TV, leather Natuzzi sofa, ecru leather Barcelona chairs
and faux leather walls. ("They're very convincing," says Bonini.)
The family also wanted a showpiece home that fits their professional
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The staircase in the high-ceilinged foyer
American walnut and framed with sheets of tempe
glass. Beyond, linen-look wallpaper and dark oak
paneling give the dining room an air of intimacy.
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The living room's soothing palette of
beige, taupe and sandy hues is a study
in harmony. A creamy marble coffee
table complements the sleek limestone
profile - he is president of marketing
for a large Vancouver development
company; she's vice-president of a
national brokerage company focusing
on commercial properties.
First impressions matter to them,
and indeed, the impressive two-storey
entrance foyer sets the tone for the
entire ground level, with creamy Bella
limestone flooring and a staircase
in warm American walnut walled
by sheets of thick tempered glass.
A stunning blown-glass chandelier,
chosen by the couple, hangs from an
oak barrel-vaulted ceiling, completing
the sense of occasion.
The foyer looks directly through
a wide opening into the elegant
dining room, which features dark
oak walls alternating with linen-look
wallpaper. While the foyer feels airy,
the dining room is intimate, a space
to linger over home-cooked dinners
with friends and family under the
cream reverse coffered ceiling and
an ultra-cool sparkly horizontal light
fixture hanging low over the custom
dark wood table.
The living room is also open to the
entrance hall, situated on the other
side of the staircase. To create flow
and airiness, elements are repeated
here: the same limestone flooring
continues throughout the main level
of the home, and a similar coffered
ceiling enhances the geometry of the
The living room packs a glamorous
punch: mirrored cabinets and a round
mirror set off the sleek limestone of
the mantelpiece, the creamy marble
of the big square coffee table, and
warm chenille upholstery of the
tailored sofa and club chairs.
With soft pot lighting throughout
the room casting a warm glow, the
beiges, taupes and sandy hues blend
in a harmonious palette that is both
classical and feels inspired by nature.
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"I was trying to convey subtle texture
and warmth in a neutral tone,"
In the powder room, the same
creamy Bella limestone as the floor
continues up the wall to enhance
the boutique- hotel feel. The ledge
is white oak, as is the vanity, which
is topped with a round glass vessel
Working in the warm oak-lined
kitchen, meanwhile, is a little like
being inside a wooden bento box. The
custom cabinetry runs floor to ceiling,
with niches above the cupboards to
display collected treasures.
The large central island was
designed to enhance clan gatherings,
which often converge on the kitchen.
"She's of Italian descent and cooking
is quite social for her family," Bonini
says. With a white composite stone
countertop, two sinks, seating for
four, and a built-in wine fridge and
extra dishwasher, the island is a
highly efficient centre of operations
for home entertaining, which the
couple loves to do.
Once the party's over, of course,
it's important to get some shut-
eye. And the ultimate test of the
house's boutique hotel feel is the
couple's bedroom. Bonini designed
a white oak floating platform bed
to maximize floor and circulation
space. Made up in crisp Restoration
Hardware bedding, it is utterly
inviting. The nightstands float as
well, allowing the room to breathe,
and have wall-mounted sconces to
maximize bedside table space.
But the most innovative element
is the custom wall paneling in faux
mohair. It creates a cozy, cosseted
space, insulated from the noises of
the household, and one hopes, the
cares of the world. At night, from
their hilltop perch, they can look out
from their bedroom balcony at the
lights of Vancouver below them.
"The view is stunning up there,"
Bonini says. "It sparkles at night and
in the day they can see the mountains
and the ocean."
Talk about having it all.*
A round glass vessel sink and white oak cabinetry give the powder room a boutique-
hotel feel. The walls are the same Bella limestone as the floor.
Bob's Your Uncle Design
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comfort of the ecru Barcelona chairs and leather N^B i; it] li I
the platform bed floats against a custom wall of faifl ,..i.
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Taylor Hannah A.
n a large corner lot in one of
Toronto's fine old neighbor-
hoods sits a grand house that
looks for all the world as "
been there for decades. A
cular drive curves around to the im-
posing stone portico. Pyramidal oak
trees stand guard in front of banks of
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10-foot tall windows. A monolithic
limestone chimney rises from the
rooftop with Dickensian authority.
But a closer look reveals that the
7,000 square foot, 4-bedroom man-
sion is an imposter, designed and built
by architect Dee Dee Taylor Hannah
just four years ago to suit the needs
of a bustling family, a family whose
lifestyle is firmly rooted in the here
and now, but whose sensibility leans
toward the elegance of an earlier era.
The house, at first, looks very much
like a traditional Forest Hill manor,
but in fact it is much cleaner, crisper
and way more contemporary.
"I don't do pseudo or cookie-cutter
recreations of historical styles," says
Taylor Hannah of her architectural
work. "I look to history and then in-
terpret it in a modern way." And with
this house, thanks to the use of such
up-to-date materials as the zinc roof,
aluminum windows and commercial
brick facing, she has succeeded.
"You can't really tell," she says,
"whether it was built last year or 35
Still, when pressed, Taylor Hannah
admits that the building is a contem-
porary take on an Italian palazzo,
what she calls a "courtyard house."
The impressive facade actually forms
reverse "U" that wraps around a pri-
vate outdoor inner sanctum, com-
plete with patio, swimming pool, hot
tub and an outdoor living room with
a fireplace and upholstered seating.
The long axial pool, perfect for do-
ing early morning laps, is separated
from the more languorous hot tub
Modeled on an old-world Italian palazzo, the house's three wings embrace a central
courtyard that is home to a swimming pool and hot tub. Above left, a circular drive
curves to the imposing stone portico.
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by a stepping-stone bridge made of
the same Credit Valley limestone as
the courtyard floor. Directional light-
ing with its narrow upward beams
and warm downward floods add to
the feeling of intimacy. The outdoor
room to the left has the effect of blur-
ring the boundary between indoors
As much as possible, Taylor Han-
nah has aimed for a light, airiness in
her building design, something sel-
dom found in the mansions of an ear-
lier era. The tall windows throughout
bring in maximum light to the spa-
cious rooms with their 12- foot-high
ceilings. "The interior has a gallery-
like feel with lots of wall space," says
Taylor Hannah, adding that the close
relationship between the indoor and
outdoor spaces was inspired by Cali-
Taylor Hannah's contribution to
the interior is evident in the kitchen
and bathroom areas of the courtyard
house; the firm was recently asked to
add its imprint to what are strategic
areas of any home.
Starting with His and Hers master
bathrooms, the architect/designer
created rooms that reflect the clients'
unique personalities. The feminine is
not always associated with contempo-
rary design, but the Hers bathroom,
while incorporating such traditional
features as a crystal chandelier, shad-
ed wall sconces and silver gilt mirrors,
is nevertheless clean and free of un-
necessary embellishment. "It's not all
carved and crazy like a lot of girlish
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His (top left) and Hers (bottom left) dressing rooms cater to the owners' sartorial
needs. Above right, His bathroom is the epitome of masculinity. Below right, a girls'
bath sparkles with feminine charm.
rooms," says Taylor Hannah.
Instead, the feminine is expressed in
the gentle curve of the vanity niche,
the womb-like roundness of the un-
der-mounted tub and the graceful
rolled back of the upholstered stool.
The result is understated yet elegant.
Warm blue accents, Taylor Hannah's
favorite color, are fresh and clean,
but never cold. Blue-white stone on
the tub surround and bright marble
floors give the bathroom a soft float-
"I like the contrasting curviness
of the room," says Taylor Hannah,
"in what is essentially a square, lin-
Compare that to the His bathroom,
a study in spare masculinity with its
frameless mirror and rectangular van-
ity in polished mahogany, a combi-
nation that is saved from starkness by
the back-painted glass walls. The tech-
nique that adds depth and an almost
luminescent sheen to the room.
Taylor Hannah's touch also extends
to the couples' generous walk-in clos-
ets: His in dark wood with a comfy
leather ottoman, Hers painted white
with ample storage for an impressive
shoe collection. Both are warmed un-
derfoot by soft and practical cream-
That same practicality extends to
the decidedly contemporary kitch-
en. The Bellini cabinets in buttery
sycamore are framed in stainless
steel. Polished black granite coun-
tertops and floors of gTey stone laid
on staggered joints gleam under
modernistic version of a chandelier.
The blonde, black and grey tones
are pulled together into a harmo-
nious whole by the multi-colored
mosaic tiled backsplash. But the
overall modern effect is softened by
the contrasting feature of traditional
plaster cornices at the ceiling.
"What I like," says Taylor Hannah,
"is this juxtaposition of old and new.
I believe in function, but I also believe
in beauty. If I can make them work
together, then I've succeeded."*
Taylor Hannah Architect Inc.
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A curved vanity and inviting oval bathtub with soft, blue inset panels make
this graceful bathroom the private domain of the lady of the house.
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A tufted, backless sofa (far
right) highlights the theme
of updated Victorian chic ir
a cozy grouping of texture
furnishings in soothing
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SOOTHING COLOURS, WARM TEXTURES AND
DESIGNER LORI MORRIS'S LIGHT TOUCH
TRANSFORM A TORONTO CONDO
Interior Design by
UNDER ordinary circum-
stances, clients rarely leave
the design process entirely to
the professional. Not so with a Toron-
to couple who were among designer
Lori Morris's (Lori Morris Design Inc.)
first clients and had worked with her
on three other homes. "Lori knows
exactly what we like better than we
do," the wife laughs. "We just told her
to make it exciting."
That shouldn't have been much
of a stretch for a condo located in
Toronto's luxurious new Regency
Yorkville, an art deco-style building
designed by architects Turner, Fleis-
cher with the assistance of interior
decorator Mike Niven. The complex
offers valet parking, concierge ser-
vice and even a building butler. But
it didn't take Morris long to realize
that some changes would be needed
to the home the couple calls "their
"I didn't like the way the space was
configured and knew they wouldn't
either," Morris says. "Because we
launched the project before the Re-
gency was completed, we were able
to work with the building's contrac-
tors to manipulate the rooms for
functionality and design."
In the end, Morris was able to give
the couple everything on their brief
wish list: sunshiny rooms to bring
the Toronto skyline indoors, a large
dining room to entertain their many
friends, a cozy media room, ample
closet space and a color palette in
warm neutrals punctuated with strik-
ing black accents.
The couple had total faith that
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Graceful archways and columns create a sense of intimacy and a feeling of openness at the same
time. The dining room's black furnishings echo the wrought-iron chandelier and contrast with
the beige and taupe hues in the adjoining rooms.
Morris would work her magic. "Lori
has an amazing capacity to envision
the way a space will look at comple-
tion before she even begins," the wife
says. "She is absolutely brilliant."
Layout was key. Morris, a 21-year
veteran of the business, whose moth-
er, Eve, works alongside her, divided
the condominium into two distinct
spaces with the bedrooms to the left
of the entry and the living area to the
right. Under her direction, her team
began by installing coffered ceilings
and classic columns with elaborate
millwork throughout. Next came
graceful archways, so skillfully ex-
ecuted, they look as if they are part of
the original floor plan.
Always mindful that the devil is in
the detail, Morris designed stunning
glass and iron casement and pocket
doors that add privacy and under-
score the beauty of the architectural
features. Since the existing electri-
cal wiring didn't always coincide
with Morris's furniture placement,
lighting became one of her biggest
challenges. She solved it with the
liberal use of crystal wall sconces on
The guest room/study, the first
room visitors see, provides a glimpse
of things to come. A massive built-
in wall unit to the right of the bed
includes a glass-shelved armoire for
the couple's books and collectibles,
cupboards for storage, shelving and
a spacious computer desk that the
wife uses as an office for her philan-
thropic endeavors and assisting in the
family business. Rich taupe wallpaper
and cream Roman draperies soften
the black furnishings and carpet. An
eye-popping black lacquered chest
trimmed in black patent leather that
opens like a steamer trunk encourages
guests to unpack and stay awhile.
In contrast to the deep colors in the
guest room/study, airy butternuts and
beiges in the master bedroom and en-
suite bath reflect the sun, and a spec-
tacular crystal chandelier catches the
moonbeams. But the room did present
some design challenges - an awkward-
ly placed support beam, a lack of wall
space for the bed and another support
beam in the center of the closet. To
solve the triad of dilemmas, Morris's
team created a padded floor-to-ceiling
headboard that serves as a mini-wall
for the bed, conceals the support beam
and provides additional storage in the
side bookcases. "Lori even customized
the closet so we have three times as
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much space," says the owner.
The main hub of any home is a
living room that is welcoming for
guests and residents alike. To cozy up
the space, Morris created four con-
versation groups separated visually
by columns and the antique wash
Zeigler-style carpets that she terms,
"art work for the floor." Her mother,
Eve, whose expertise lies in helping
Morris select the perfect accessories,
furnishings, artwork and fabrics, sug-
gested a melange of chenille, suede,
leather and brocade. Added drama
in the dining room came through
Morris's use of dual-textured seating
and black furnishings, echoed in the
In the adjacent galley kitchen,
custom cabinetry with deep bronze
hardware blends seamlessly into the
overall design of the condo and dis-
guises the pantry and freezer drawers.
Bar stools allow guests to chat with
the hostess during food preparation
and still feel part of the party. But the
showstopper is clearly the comfort-
able eat-in area with its backlit bench
upholstered in lush tufted chenille.
The real test of any design project
lies with the satisfaction of the hom-
eowners and for the couple's fourth
home, Morris delivered. "Once Lori
began, we didn't see the space again
until it was completed," the wife
says. "Then, she gave us a marvelous
presentation. It was like receiving a
birthday present that far exceeded
even our highest expectations. This
is an exciting home, one that reflects
exactly who we are." ♦
Lori Morris Design Inc.
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Custom-made furnishings cluster around a limestone-clad fireplace giving the
glass-wailed living room a cozy gull's-eye view of the sunset-streaked sky.
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In this seaside penthouse
mere humans enjoy the same
breathtaking scenery as the
seagulls. Mountains, ocean and sky
fill the senses, invited in by towering
walls of glass and an interior palette
that mirrors the colours of the sand
and surf below.
Perched atop a luxury condominium
building in West Vancouver, the
two-storey, 4,000-square foot
condominium is a private, peaceful
retreat ideal for entertaining an
intimate gathering of friends or just
cocooning, says Mitchell Freedland,
of Vancouver's Mitchell Freedland
Design. Overlooking stunning English
Bay, the home revels in a southwestern
exposure that is maximized wherever
possible by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Freedland, who has garnered awards
for his work across North America,
was the lead designer on the building
during its 2007 construction.
"We were lucky to be in on the
project from the beginning, and so
were able to work with the builder
on several key components for the
space," he says. The main floor's open
plan allows easy entertaining, with
the living room, dining room and
kitchen all flowing naturally from
one end of the home to another.
Surrounded by glass on three
sides, the living room, like most of
the residence, is designed to capture
the views. It includes custom-made
furnishings created by Freedland's
firm. "Furniture design is part of
what we love to do," Freedland
notes, adding that it enables him
to truly partner a home's structural
personality with its furnishings. The
sofa and chairs clustered around the
fireplace, even the lighting, were all
created exclusively for the home. The
Donghia chaise by the limestone-clad
fireplace is the only exception.
Another example of the firm's
handiwork is the hall table stationed
in the home's entryway. An adaptation
of a 1938 design by Austrian furniture
maker Paul T. Frankl, it recalls Art
Deco's modernist aspirations using a
21 st century favourite, zebra wood. The
piece is a functional blend of old and
new modernity finished with touches
of ivory lacquer and brass inlays.
The open dining room and kitchen
can be as formal or as casual as an
evening's activities might dictate.
The spacious kitchen, with its island
seating and Quartzite countertop,
would shine as headquarters for a
formal, catered dinner party, or a
simple get-together over homemade
pizza prepared in one of two Miele
wall ovens (the third is a steam
oven). A steaming cappuccino from
the built-in espresso maker would
accompany dessert. Adjacent to
the kitchen, a climate-controlled,
professionally-installed wine room
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holds up to 700 bottles.
Freedland's intention was to
create a space that was peaceful
and harmonious, "easy on the eye,
without jarring changes," he says. He
began by using the same white oak
flooring throughout the entire home,
defining particular spaces, such as the
entry, with area carpeting and rugs.
All the cabinetry and panelling are
made of a clear-stained satinwood,
grown sustainably in South America.
Wherever he could, he made use
of natural materials with hues
embracing the light and the sand
outside. Hence, the home is bathed
in the rich, organic tones of honey,
topaz and driftwood.
The main floor powder room,
with its onyx vanity top and
panelled walls, "is a rich jewel box,"
Freedland says. Tile choices for the
two full bathrooms and one half-
bath, as well as linens and paint
schemes throughout the home, all
serve the ultimate goal of uniformity
The master bedroom, the guest
suite and walk-in closets, occupy the
top floor of the building.
"It's a totally private retreat floating
above the entire ocean," Freedland
says. "It's a spectacular space." Floor-
to-ceiling glass soars to 16 feet on
three sides, capturing the same views
of Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge
and Mount Baker visible from the
living room, which is directly below.
The 300-square-foot deck perches
right on the horizon, creating almost
an infinity-like effect.
A butterscotch-toned leather
headboard is flanked by wall-
mounted mirrors; they encourage
light to move throughout the room
no matter what the time of day. At
night, darkness is achieved with
motorized blackout shades.
The master bath is urbane, serene
and bathed in diffused light, thanks
to a 10- by 10-foot wall of privacy
glass. The rich swirls of the vanity's
butter and cream-coloured onyx (the
same onyx featured downstairs in the
powder room), is the only element
of the room suggesting motion;
everything else speaks of stillness,
especially the sophisticated Duravit
bathtub (with faucets by Dornbracht),
which reclines on its own in front of
the glass wall. An oversized shower
with a deluxe array of Grohe sprays
complete the spa-like atmosphere.
This well-feathered West Vancouver
nest certainly accomplishes the goal
of its acclaimed designer - that is,
peace, literally, above it all. *
Mitchell Freedland Design
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by the shore
A RUSTIC GETAWAY IN THE MUSKOKAS GETS AN UPSCALE
MAKEOVER BY BIG CITY DESIGNERS POWELL & BONNELL
Text by Danny Sinopoli
Interior Design by
Powell & Bonnell
Is there such a thing as
"metropolitan rustic" style? If
there wasn't before, there is now,
as a luxuriously appointed two-level
country home in Ontario's Muskoka
region so elegantly demonstrates.
For generations, families from
Toronto have been drawn to the area
for its pristine lakes and forested
expanses. While some travel there to
commune with nature and perhaps
even rough it, others seek to create
retreats with the same levels of comfort
they enjoy in the city. The client who
commissioned the Toronto design
firm Powell & Bonnell to design and
furnish a largely empty cottage on the
shores of Lake Rosseau not long ago
falls squarely in the latter camp. With
its high-ceilinged rooms, magnificent
fireplaces, fully appointed kitchen
and striking custom furnishings,
the 3,800-square-foot home with
on-site gym and nearby boathouse
isn't so much a weekend refuge as an
extension of the client's city life in
the middle of the woods.
"We had worked on the client's
home in Toronto and wanted to create
a similar experience in the country,"
says Fenwick Bonnell, who oversaw
the project with designer Albert
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Limshue. Since the firm, which is
renowned for its sophisticated urban
interiors, had never tackled a cottage
before, the logistics of working on
a property in a remote location
promised to be challenging, but the
designers attacked the project with
their typical meticulousness.
After canvassing the site, which the
designers described as being "eyebrow
deep in snow" when they first saw it,
they set out on a six-to-eight-month
process that included designing
custom furniture, incorporating some
of the client's existing pieces into the
scheme and establishing the proper
framework for it all.
"One of the first steps was to
convince the client to paint out all
the trim and walls," recalls Bonnell,
who describes the "before" cottage
as "cliche Muskoka, with pine
everywhere." Doing so, he felt, would
shift the focus to the soaring beamed
ceilings on the main floor of the
house and accentuate the sightline
- perhaps the cottage's finest feature
- from the front door of the home
to the living room's massive picture
windows and Lake Rosseau beyond.
"It was really about walking in the
door and being presented with a view
of the lake and the hemlocks outside
the windows," Bonnell's partner,
David Powell, says.
After the client agreed, the designers
chose a handsome charcoal grey "to
mitigate the effect of all the wood,"
Powell adds. It was used throughout
the main floor, which also includes
a kitchen and eating nook and
extends into a separate dining room.
The ceiling, as promised, was left
untouched, allowing both it and an
imposing stone fireplace with solid
pine mantelpiece to dominate the
main living room.
To furnish this space, the designers
introduced a coordinated mix of semi-
antique and custom pieces, including
a pair of signature high-back chairs
for in front of the fireplace, a massive
glass-topped coffee table and a boxy
rectangular bench with woven leather
seat. To ground the space, they laid
a chic area rug sporting earth-toned
stripes and a dark brown band. A
large red fibreglass canoe - "one
of the few pieces we kept from the
original builder-owner," says Bonnell
- hangs from the ceiling, lending
both drama and an air of ruggedness
to the room.
"Our intention was to bust the
cliches of many cottages through
strong lines, simple shapes and
natural fabrics and colors," Bonnell
explains. "We also wanted to give
the impression that all of the
furniture had been accumulated over
time by the client, not just brought
in at once."
In the adjoining kitchen and
eating space, a similarly bespoke
quality prevails. To illuminate the
high-ceilinged kitchen, where the
cabinetry and range hood were
stripped of existing decorative
flourishes and then painted a creamy
white, Bonnell decked out the granite
island top with two tall table lamps
he found in an antique shop and
spray-painted gun metal grey. For
the eating nook, Limshue designed a
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The breakfast nook's modem zinc-topped table and custom slatted bench bust the usual cottage cliches. Meanwhile the wooden bench
with its leather cushion maintains a rustic tone.
Dark furnishings and cream-colored walls in the upstairs bedrooms reverse the color
scheme found in the rest of the cottage. The foot board of the master bed pops open to
revel a flat-screened television.
unique slatted banquette- "a modern
interpretation of a church bench," as
Powell describes it - to wrap around
a modern zinc-topped table.
"A banquette was tricky to install
there because the windowsill is a
low one," Powell says, adding that
the open wood slats addressed
that problem by creating a semi-
transparent screen between the
window and the seat. At the same
time, the dark wood finish of the
bench echoes the dark chocolate
tone of the circular stained-pine table
with distressed top in the adjoining
dining room, which is surrounded
on three sides by windows, "kind of
like a pavilion," Bonnell says.
"A rectangular table was originally
in the room, but we went with a
round one because it better suited
the space," he adds. Rounding out
the furnishings in the dining room
are a series of rattan-like woven-paper
armchairs and an elegant four-foot-
tall hanging lantern from Powell &
Bonnell's own furnishings line.
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On the other side of the cottage,
the bedroom is the only room on
the main floor that isn't painted
grey. "We toned it down in there,"
says Bonnell, referring to the chalky
cream color on the bedroom walls.
The lighter, softer shade provides
an effective backdrop for two of the
owner's own pieces of furniture: a
glass-panelled cabinet the design
team moved from the living room to
a reading nook in the bedroom and a
dark wood headboard they enhanced
with a custom - and very high-tech -
"We designed the footboard to
house the TV," Bonnell says. "A
section of the top rises up with the
TV underneath it."
The primary TV-watching room,
however, is located on the lower
level of the cottage, which has a
lower ceiling than the vaulted spaces
upstairs but offers a direct walkout to
the woods and lake outside. One of
the main challenges for the designers
in this room was an "ugly" salmon-
colored stone fireplace that used
to dominate it; after convincing
the client and even the contractor
conducting the work of what they
felt had to be done, they addressed
the unsightly yet very prominent
feature by painting it white.
"It's made of a porous, granular
stone, so we had to coat it with
concrete block filler and then paint
it," Bonnell explains. "We also
replaced an under-scale wood mantel
with a larger piece." And the result?
"The contractor was won over,"
And how could he not be? As a focal
point, the reworked fireplace now
possesses a crisp new freshness and a
sophisticated yet still rustic elegance,
much like the cottage itself.
"This was really our first cottage,"
Bonnell says of the project as a whole,
"but we knew that we really didn't
want to do a traditional cottage. It
had to reflect our sensibility, have
On that front, they certainly came
Powell & Bonnell
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Meticulous attention to detail by designer Robert Ledingham
lend heart and soul to a Vancouver home
living room ceiling panels giving a se
effect is created by the black countertd.
Text by Janet Collins
Photography by Janice Nicolay
Interior Design by
Robert Ledingham Design
Glance out the windows,
and you could be forgiven
for thinking this gorgeous
10,000-square-foot home is tucked
into a rural setting. In fact, it is situ-
ated in a residential neighbourhood
on Vancouver's popular North Shore.
"There are clearly areas of the home
meant for entertaining," says interior
designer Robert Ledingham, "but this
is also a family home." Much of the
success of the design is due to themes
that have become signatures of Led-
ingham's more than 40-year career: a
largely neutral palette, meticulous at-
tention to detail, and a sense of pro-
portion that creates spaces that flow
The effect begins in the aptly
named great room. Here, full-height
windows form a conduit between the
indoor and outdoor areas.
At one end of the room, an open-
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d fireplace adds a zen-like quality to the great room.
Ledingham's neutral color palette provides a pleasing contrast to the wall of
custom sapele cabinetry.
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plan kitchen commands enough space
for a dozen cooks. When the pantry door
is shut, the back wall appears to be an un-
interrupted expanse of sapele millwork.
This echoes the opposite end of the great
room with its wall of custom cabinets
punctuated by a limestone-trimmed fire-
place. Floating sapele panels suspended
from the ceiling further unite the two ar-
eas of the room, and strengthen the con-
nection between indoors and out.
"The ceiling panels also create a light-
ing solution," notes Frank Ranieri, senior
designer with Ledingham Design Con-
sultants who worked on the project. The
wood panels serve to offset banks of lights.
"We could have installed recessed lights,"
says Ranieri, "but at 2,000 square feet the
room was so large there would be holes
all over the ceiling before we had enough
light. The fixtures we installed are com-
monly used in retail environments. They
can be focused, so they are very versatile."
The large windows running down the
side of the space create plenty o natural
light, which travels deep into the main lev-
el thanks to the installation of translucent
panels on either side of the room's entry.
Reminiscent of shoji screens, the panels in-
corporate a gauze insert between the panes
of glass. As such, the panels mimic materials
found throughout the great room, such as
the woven fabric in the custom sofa and the
sides of the accompanying lounge chairs.
Down the hall, another screen positioned
outside the dining room picks up the tex-
ture of the linen-clad doors of the custom-
designed oak buffet. In addition to pro-
viding much-needed storage space in the
dining room, the green buffet front plays
up the edging of the area carpet under the
round mahogany dining table. The color
here, and in the grass window shades is a
reference to the outdoor environment. A
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The media room's cloth-covered wall panels hide the mechanics of
a state-of-the-art entertainment system. Orange and green accent
pillows punctuate the massive 24-foot-long sofa.
central light fixture incorporates the same ceiling lights
used in the great room.
The library and study occupy a single room at the op-
posite end of the house, behind the great room. A sliding
ladder aids access to upper shelves of the full-wall-height
bookcases. A custom sofa and club chair provide seating
in the library area. Behind the desk, large windows offer
excellent views of the swimming pool below and the lush
forest beyond. In addition to ample use of wood through-
out the room, the two spaces are joined by a large area rug
that covers much of the hardwood flooring.
A floor-to-ceiling leather headboard creates a focal
point in the master bedroom, which is located on the up-
per level of the house. A custom table positioned over
the bedside table runs the length of the wall beside the
bed thereby reinforcing the generous size of that space.
The master suite features a large dressing room with cus-
tom built-in shoe and sweater storage space. The ample
pillars create an i
entry way to the
A dramatic floor-to-ceiling
leather headboard is the focal
point of the master bedroom.
The custom bedside table
extends the width of the
ensuite, which boasts a large ottoman and a custom rug,
adjoins the master bedroom or the dressing room via
pocket doors. Four other bedrooms, two of which also
have ensuite baths, round out the upper level. These are
the children's rooms. The color theme of each room is
highlighted by the inclusion of a playful piece of furni-
ture such as the large tomato-shaped beanbag chair in the
The lower floor might well be described as the play lev-
el. This is the location of the pool and Jacuzzi, which are
surrounded by walls of glass under a 20-foot-high wood
ceiling. This level is also home to an exercise area, games
room, cigar room complete with wine cellar, and a guest/
The games room looks onto the conservatory and opens
into the media room. The guts of the entertainment sys-
tem (speakers, etc.) are tucked behind cloth-covered wall
panels (which also aid acoustics) and the projector is
housed in the bulkhead. The massive 24-foot sofa is pos-
sibly the largest piece of furniture Ledingham has ever
designed. Brightly hued chairs and accent pillows create a
playful energy, one that evokes the exuberance of a grow-
ing family at home in a house designed just for them. ♦
Ledingham Design Consultants Inc.
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